PGA great, Jack Nicklaus, announced that he will be forming a new relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where the hospital will be the recipient of a benefit from his company, The Nicklaus Cos. of which he is the founder and co-chair. For each dozen golf balls sold a $1 donation to St. Jude and to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation as well as another $1 donation on the same amount of balls that are shipped. Every year in the U.S., there are an estimated twenty million dozen golf balls sold.
Jack Nicklaus and several others went to Memphis today to announce as well as visit the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Nicklaus says that he is very excited to embark upon this collaboration. The goal of the program is to increase the benefit to these hospitals and programs across the country and to expand relationships with companies that also work to support this cause. The program was first implemented last year in October at Muirfield Village Golf Club at the Presidents Cup and was the brainchild of philanthropist Howard Milstein.
Milstein hope that this commitment portrays golfers and the sport in the positive light by which they operate and he hopes that consumers will step up to help them support this charity.
ALSAC/St. Jude CEO, Richard Shadyac calls Nicklaus golf’s a player of iconic statue and praises his commitment to improving children’s health. He says this is a part of his legacy in addition to his history with the sport of golf. He says that the funding raised through Nicklaus’ foundation in partnership with FedEx will contribute to supporting the treatment of the more aggressive types of childhood cancer and alleviate the financial concerns of families not only for treatment but also in relation to travel, housing and food.
There is a long standing history of the family supporting charities that are focused on pediatric care. The golfer founded the Memorial Tournament to do just that in 1976 and the event has contributed to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital ever since. His foundation, the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation was started ten years ago and the PGA Honda Classic contributes to it annually.
The golf ball program will add to the contributions made by both Nicklaus and other golfers with the added benefit to donors of getting a high quality golf-ball that will enhance their level of play. They are sold exclusively on his website and at the pro-shops at courses across the country.
With all of the contributions that are made back into causes that support children, the Nicklaus Companies are listed as one of the fifteen most socially responsible organizations by Business News Daily because of their model of integrating a philanthropic focus into their business model.